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BOB KOCH


Gestural strokes and spontaneous marks collide with color blocks in Robert Koch’s narrative vignettes. Often prompted by found photographs, Koch takes the liberty to make his subjects humans or creatures inhabiting the same world. Having the appearance of quickness and even naiveté, Koch’s deft drawing skills mean each mark is playful and intentional at the same time. A trip to Japan when he was 20 had a lasting impact; the colors, the light, the graphic quality of the written language and the natural designs one finds throughout Japanese daily life imprinted on his sensibility. For Koch, a successful painting is not only compositionally strong but also has a story to tell and if the result makes him laugh then he knows he has done what he has set out to do.